Massachusetts will receive more than $3 million in federal funds to help five communities hire more police officers.

The federal funding comes from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, said Senator John Kerry, in a statement Thursday.

The funds go directly to the communities and may also be used to save police jobs that might otherwise be cut during fiscal crisis.

"When I was a prosecutor, I learned right away the difference cops on the beat make to our safety. This investment will help beef up our numbers and fight crime," Kerry said. "It’s money well invested, especially when cities and towns are facing awful budget crunches and no citizen wants an explosion in crime to be the collateral damage of a tough economy."

The following Police Departments and towns will receive grants:

  • Abington: $257,964
  • Barnstable: $1,121,905
  • Methuen: $744,724
  • Oak Bluffs: $275,058
  • Saugus: $643,950

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